BRIDGTON – The American Hospital Association has produced a publication, “Community Connections: Ideas and Innovations for Hospital Leaders,” which shares stories of successful programs and initiatives across the country that have made a difference. Bridgton Hospital has been recognized in the publication.

The association is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks and their patients and communities.

Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members form the association.

The booklet highlights case examples from hospitals that have created innovative ways to meet their communities’ social and basic needs, promote community health, improve access and coverage and enhance the quality of life for the people they serve.

Every hospital CEO in the U.S. will receive a copy of the booklet. The case examples will also be on the Web site at

Pam Smith, community relations and development, said, “Bridgton Hospital is featured in their ‘Social and Basic Needs’ section for their youth campers clinic established in the summer of 2006 to meet the physician needs of the areas summer youth camps. We’re honored to be recognized for this cooperative effort.”

Bridgton Hospital is located in the Lakes Region of Western Maine and is a member of the Central Maine Medical Family of Lewiston.

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